While noting that the effort revolves around prayer and reflection, John Carr, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development and coalition chairman, acknowledged that working within the political arena will be a necessary part of the campaign's work.
"For us, the moral message on climate-change legislation is how it treats the least of these," he explained. "We're making that case on Capitol Hill and now we're making that case across the country.
"There is going to be a huge debate, in fact a struggle ... and our voice is going to be that voice that puts the poor first."
How does the USCCB reconcile conflicting principals regarding population control exhibitied by NRPE the funding group of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change? Here are the following links:
The Catholic http://www.nrpe.org/issues/c_economies/economies_catholic02.htm
The Evangelical Perspective: http://www.nrpe.org/issues/c_economies/economies_evangelical01.htmThe Mainline Protestant: http://www.nrpe.org/issues/c_economies/economies_mainline01.htm
The Jewish Perspective: http://www.nrpe.org/issues/c_economies/economies_jewish01.htm
How can the USCCB go and lobby congress with a coalition that does not have the clear message of the dignity of human life? How can we promote such a venture in light of the newest encyclical from the Pope?
For an interesting account of how NRPE came into existence read the article Green religion on the defensive by Henry Lamb The article shows the role Gaia worshipers, politicians including Al Gore and many other new age sorts were instrumental in its formation, most especially the Temple of Understanding.
Isn't the USCCB concerned what kind of harmful catechesis would come from literature that crosses such wide boundaries? Shouldn't the USCCB be requested to use resources in a more effective and faithful way to teach the faith?